Beautifulness Being in Action
"How can power come from temperance?"
"Because, by way of temperance you can
have your opponent opposed to the world. The temperance is the way to mediate
the power of Nature to him."
The Taekwondo that moves with the harmony of point, straight line and circle is itself an art. What is the art? The activity of pursuing beauty and its results are called the art. Then what is beauty?
Ultimately beauty comes form the life and is conceived by a life, so beauty is nothing but a life's perceiving itself by way of another thing. It consists in the mutual sympathetic response between an intentional subject and its continuous pursuit of something, yet neither in its objective nor in the simple perception. Therefore, when you say something is beautiful the beauty in its essence is not in the thing but in your action to see it. Although flowers are beautiful they can be beautiful only in man's attitude who feels the beauty. An attitude is a potential action. Also the beauty of Taekwondo in its essence is not in its figure itself but in your doing Taekwondo yourself. So is in dance, too.
As beauty is such like that in general, when you see a artwork, if it were beautiful, its beauty lies not in the very artwork but your action of seeing it, and when you hear a good music its beauty also lies in the action of listening to it. The art is not something that exists itself but something that is pursued, so it is not an object but an activity.
Because beauty is essentially related to action, the matter of beauty is that of value. This beauty is an indicator of actions, which is in actions, guiding them to a right direction, so every true beauty leads to moral virtue. There is no right way that is too hard to follow. This is why they say; don't go if it were not a way. Therefore, the Taekwondo as a motion is wholly close to the essence of beauty and its beauty is not restricted by space, time nor visual and auditory senses yet expanded in all over the life.
The beauty of Taekwondo is composed of three; the harmony with nature, the clearness and the profundity based on the sameness of simplicity and complexity. Lacking even one of these three the Taekwondo can neither be beautiful nor work as Taekwondo. And the complete performance of any of them will be accompanied with all the others. Thus, a skilled motion of Taekwondo is beautiful and this beauty is not heard or seen by a particular sense but felt by the mind. Therefore, it is impossible to hide completely the true ability of Taekwondo from the eyes of the enlightened man.
In this manner a good motion you can perform is always a good dance when seen from the point of aesthetic view, a good sport when seen from the viewpoint of excitement, and also a good martial skill when seen from the functional viewpoint of controlling over the opponent. Summing up all these views it is a good Taekwondo.